U.S. Citizens for Peace & Justice - Rome Italy anti-war demonstration in Rome

Past Events

Solidarity with Bradley Manning
December 17, 2011

No to "war as usual"
March 19, 2010

Winter Soldier Europe
March 14, 2009

Palestinian Flags Flutter
Alongside Peace Banners

January 17, 2009

Close Guantanamo Now!
January 17, 1009

10-Day Vigil for Gaza
January 8-18, 2009

Supporting La'Onf
October 29, 2008

Free the Cuban 5
Sept 13, 2008

Cheney in Chains
Sept 8, 2008

No Bush, No War
June 11, 2008

May Day ILWU Solidarity Action
May 1, 2008

War Tax Day
April 15, 2008

World Social Forum Global Day of Action
Jan 26, 2008

Shut Down Guantánamo Now!
Jan 11, 2008

No U.S. Military Base in Vicenza
Dec 15, 2007

Meeting Iranian Artists
Dec 05, 2007

End the War in Iraq, No War on Iran
Oct 27, 2007

Report on Final Days of No Dal Molin Festival in Vicenza, Italy
Sept 16, 2007

Camping for Peace in Vicenza, Italy
Sept 12, 2007

Impeach Them Both +
Judiciary Fax Blast

July 23, 2007

I-M-P-E-A-C-H !
April 28, 2007

4th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq
March 20, 2007

No Dal Molin, Vicenza, Italy
Feb 17, 2007

Congress: Act Now to End the War
Jan 27, 2007

No Military Bases, Vicenza, Italy
Dec 2, 2006

No War, No Cluster Bombs
Sept 23, 2006

Protest Calling for Cease-fire in Lebanon
July 26, 2006

Military Spending
Bean Poll

July 18, 2006

Stop the Escalation
in the Middle East

July 17, 2006

Refusing to Kill
July 06, 2006

Shailja Patel:
Poetry in Times
of War

July 05, 2006

Troops Home Fast
July 04, 2006

Italian Vote on
Military Missions

June 27, 2006

Peace Parade
June 02, 2006

Michael Uhl of
Veterans for Peace

April 29, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Hidden in Plain Sight

April 26, 2006

War Tax Day
April 15, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Hotel Palestine: Killing the Witness

April 12, 2006

National Anti-war Protest in Rome
March 18, 2006

Soldiers Against War
March 18, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Aristide and the Endless Revolution

March 15, 2006

Women (and men!) Say No To War
March 8, 2006

An Eyewitness Account of Post Katrina New Orleans
March 2, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Life and Debt

February 09, 2006

Vote to Renew Italian Mission in Iraq
February 09, 2006

Cindy Sheehan
February 06, 2006

NBC Today
Show Blitz

February 06, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
The Revolution Will
Not Be Televised

January 26, 2006

Cindy Sheehan
In Rome

January 18, 2006

Crimes & Lies:
with Dave Lindorff
and Maurizio Torrealta

January 13, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Peace Propaganda and
the Promised Land

January 12, 2006

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
The Oil Factor

December 15, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Plan Colombia

December 01, 2005

Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre
November 30, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series

November 17, 2005

Protest at U.S. Embassy: White Phosphorus in Fallujah
November 14, 2005

Control Arms Petition
at Piazza Chiesa Nuova

November 12, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Invisible Ballots

November 10, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
The Corporation

October 27, 2005

Movie Night:
Viva Zapatero

October 25, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Hidden Wars of
Desert Storm

October 13, 2005

Anti-war rally
at U.S. Embassy

Sept 24, 2005

USC4P&J Social
at the Beehive

June 22, 2005

Die-In with
Articolo 11
at Palazzo Chigi

June 21, 2005

Collecting Photos
with Control Arms

June 18, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series

June 16, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series

June 09, 2005

Eyes Wide Open
Film Series
Weapons of
Mass Deception

May 19, 2005

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with Articolo 11
May 05, 2005

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with Articolo 11
April 28, 2005

Vigil at Palazzo Chigi with Articolo 11
April 21, 2005

International Day of Protest
March 19, 2005

Women (and men!) Say No To War

International Women's Day at the U.S. Embassy in Rome

On March 8, 2006, International Women's Day, women (along with men!) all over the world heeded the call for a day of protest against the military occupation of Iraq to be held at U.S. embassies. The international campaign, Women Say No To War, was launched by CodePink and Alice Walker, Cindy Sheehan, Susan Sarandon, Margaret Cho and Barbara Lee along with Iraqi women and peace activists around the globe.

USC4P&J helped organize a protest in front of the U.S. Embassy in Rome along with Italian peace activists and women's groups. The appeal called for immediate withdrawal from Iraq and a permanent end to rape, torture, human rights violations, extraordinary rendition, secret prisons and civilian massacres.

Approximately 100 people participated that day to speak out against war and crimes against humanity. Our group in particular focused on torture. We had black hoods, each with a letter spelling out "Stop Torture", a flyer in English and Italian exposing the truth about torture as well as a "live" rendition of what has become an icon for torture, the hooded prisoner from Abu Ghraib standing on a box with wires dangling from his wrists.

With signs, Italian and U.S. peace flags, banners, chants and a megaphone, we attracted the attention of passing cars and pedestrians. As motorists waited for the traffic signal to change, they were offered flyers and many responded favorably to our efforts. And a Pacifica radio station from Berkeley, California called during the protest for a report.

The Women Say No To War campaign collected over 100,000 signatures in just three months. A small delegation of women from our group attempted to deliver a representation of the petition to Ambassador Spogli. At the embassy gates, the police asked us to wait while they talked with the embassy staff. We were then told it was not possible to deliver the petition, as there was no one to receive it, but they would provide us with a special mailing address where we could send the petition. After waiting about 10 minutes, we were handed a piece of paper with the address we have been writing to for 5 months, with no response.

At least we weren't arrested, which is what happened to Cindy Sheehan and 3 others when they attempted to deliver the petition to John Bolton, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. in New York. In fact, we had some signs calling attention to the arrest that included "Arrest the War Criminals, Not Cindy" and "Cindy Arrested! Is it a Crime to ask for Peace?"

Events were held all over the U.S. as well as many countries around the world. Our friends of U.S. Citizens Against War in Florence also held a protest in front of the office of the Prefect. They were successful in delivering the petition to the Italian authorities who would then deliver it to the U.S. Consul.

Special thanks to all those who worked to make this protest a success. Our voices were heard and we made an impact. Now let's get ready for the national demonstration in Rome on March 18, third anniversary of the war and International Day of Protest.

And if you haven't already, it's not too late to sign the Women Say No To War petition: www.womensaynotowar.org

Stephanie Westbrook

Original Appeal

Appeal in English for our members

Appello in italiano

Additional Resources

Flyer on Torture

Volantino sulla tortura

Press release

Comunicato stampa

Letter to the Ambassador

Ongoing/Future Events

Our Eyes Wide Open Film Series is suspended; for further information click here.

Upshot of our Nov. 9th group discussion on current politics:

It wasn't the Russians that got us Trump. Or Comey. Or even the massive GOP election fraud. It was the DNC.*
*Dem National Committee

To learn how to stop the DNC from delivering us another Trump, read Autopsy: the Democratic Party in Crisis.

Photo of a school in Yemen bombed by Saudi Arabian jets supplied by the U.S. and fueled in the air by the U.S. Air Force. Tell Trump to STOP THIS CARNAGE, not fuel it! Click here.

Also participate in the CodePink email and/or phone initiative:

Click here to sign a petition, to put an end to the sanctions against Syria - their only effect is to take a terrible toll on the population, causing them to migrate! And click here to see the video by the Italian Committee to lift sanctions against Syria.

Iraq Deaths Estimator
Did someone tell you that U.S. military intervention in Iraq was over? Not true: we're at it again. This time the pretext to drop bombs is "curbing ISIS" (which was created by the U.S. in the first place, to overturn al-Malaki in Iraq and then Assad in Syria, and is now out of hand. Like what happened to "our" creature al Qaeda in Afghanistan). And the death toll continues to rise...
Write your senators and tell them: "Enough! U.S. out!! Iraq has shown it can curb ISIS by itself!"

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